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    Neglected Mountain, Qld, Australia

    The name suggests a sad & lonely mountain.....so i heaved a pack
    on my back late one afternoon to do an a over-nighter to find out.

    Initial access is through farm land cleared a lifetime ago...



    Old timers shack with ageing, fruit laden lemon tree....


    Shack owners view down the valley...


    A burst of colour along the trail...


    The ridge I followed steepened & I zig-zagged back & forth across it in low gear....Heartbreak hill tried its best to break me.
    Great views along the way though....



    With nightfall approaching, I stumble upon a nice grassy area with plenty of trees
    to choose from......lucky I asked for a room with a view.



    The night was dark with cool gusting breezes.
    Wallaby's jumped & thumped not so far away in the blackness,
    possums growled their gutteral territory calls from the branches
    high above.
    Bird song filtered away, replaced by the very noisy insects.

    I star-gazed & followed coloured flashing aircraft lights jetting across the heavens for a while,
    before the strenuous climb caught up with me & I fell into a deep sleep.

    A brand new day brought a ghostly misty morning
    ...& a brew of sweet, hot chocolate to get the motor fired up.



    I decided to leave my backpack at camp, so i could travel light & quick
    along this early morning ridgeline traverse to the summit.

    Ridgeline meander...




    The morning suns rays headed westward....



    I wasn't alone on the summit....


    Worth all the sweat & tears.....


    Nothing sad & lonely about this mountain...just a jewel waiting to be found.
    I'll be back....




    You'll find me under wide blue sky's, wandering aimlessly....but happy.

    Hope you enjoy
    ofuros
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    Oh groan, as much as I hate to admit it, that's better than Texas. Fantastic view of the hammock and the canyon, that needs to win something.
    "To turn from this increasingly artificial and strangely alien world is to escape from unreality. To return to the timeless world of the mountains, the sea, the forest and the stars is to return to sanity and truth." --Robert Burnham Jr.

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    Praise indeed Yakfoot.....thanks for the kind words.

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    Thanks for the hike along mate!

    Just wondering, all of a sudden, no fires allowed... you used a gas cannister stove but how is the availability of alcohol (to BURN as in stove fuel, not the other stuff )?

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    Thanks born2roam,

    You can use fuel stoves for cooking..meaning gas or liquid fuels.
    Just no open, build your own type fires from whats available
    in National Parks. Our land is a land mainly of Eucalypts
    and they burn extremely well......

    Fuels are freely available from any camping & hardware store.


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    Just beautiful, thank you.

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    Thanks scooterdogma.....

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    That was great. Thanks for taking us along
    2015 John Rock Spreadsheet.

    "If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing you should do is STOP DIGGING "

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    Thanks so much for taking us along...great trip indeed!
    "I will study and get ready, and perhaps my chance will come." - Abraham Lincoln

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    Thanks, glad you you enjoyed it Running Feather & aboyd.

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